Hitchin boss Burke targets top-10 finish

PUBLISHED: 10:26 01 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 01 January 2018

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke

Hitchin Town boss Mark Burke

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After missing out on promotion in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division play-off final for the past two seasons, Hitchin Town manager Mark Burke insists that his focus is on finishing in the top 10.

Speaking in the wake of his side’s 6-0 thumping of Kings Langley at Top Field on Saturday afternoon, the Canaries boss highlighted the importance of consistency if his side are to achieve the aims set before the start of the campaign.

Burke told the Comet: “Before the season started we said we wanted to be in the top 10.

“We are going the right way at the moment but if we can flirt with the play-offs towards the end of the season that will be a bonus and I’d be pleased with that.

“At the moment, it’s a case of securing that top 10 place before looking at the play-offs.

“Consistency is key in this league. If you look at the top 12 teams they are all in with a shout of reaching the play-offs. Results are normally really close and on the day, anyone can beat anyone.

“It’s a tough league and it’s a case of stringing together a number of results on a consistent basis.

“If you go on a six or seven-game undefeated run then lose a game, you need to go on another run after losing.

“That’s what you have to do if you want to be there or thereabouts. You can’t win one, lose one, draw one because that isn’t going to get you in the top 10.

“So that is what we are looking to do, just try and go on another run. It’s going to be tough next week against Banbury away because they are in the mix for the top 10.

“They started off the season brilliantly but have had a couple of bad results.

“They are playing New Year’s Day so we’ll have a look at them and go there next week with a bit of confidence off the back of today’s result.”

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